"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" Satchel Paige.
I sometimes ponder this question when I see the folks in the various stages of Alzheimer's disease. Some have "returned" to moments in their lives when their grandparents are alive. Or when they were dating or raising their children. It is not a memory to them, as it is for us. They may even display the petulant faces of a six year old. Or the coquettish smiles of a teenager. Or the loving eyes of a parent holding their newborn. But even for those of us who know full well how many years have passed, we don't always know how it is to act that age. Times change. It's true, that saying the 70s are the new 50s (or whatever it is). But Mr. Paige is reaching deeper. Are we young enough to still learn, to accept change, to dig ourselves out of ruts, to take risks? - Beth Almond Ford